|Medium:||Cartoon series, video games, comics, picture books, movies|
|Country of Origin:||USA|
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SpongeBob SquarePants is an United States animated television series created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the adventures and endeavors of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The series' popularity has made it a media franchise, as well as the highest rated series to ever air on Nickelodeon, and the most distributed property of Viacom Media Networks.
Nickelodeon held a preview for the series in the United States on May 1, 1999, following the television airing of the 1999 Kids' Choice Awards. The series officially premiered on July 17, 1999. It has received worldwide critical acclaim since its premiere and gained enormous popularity by its second season. A feature film, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, was released in theaters on November 19, 2004, and another one, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, was released on February 6, 2015.
There is also a musical with its own fandom, particularly on tumblr.
After Stephen Hillenburg's death in November 2018, an internet petition on Change.org emerged to have the song "Sweet Victory" (a song from the show) played at the NFL's Super Bowl LIII's halftime show. This was not a random one-off event as CBS held the broadcast rights to that season's Super Bowl broadcast. Maroon 5 hinted that they would be including SpongeBob in the show, but contrary to the high expectations of fans, they only used a short clip to introduce another music artist. This sparked some drama over on Reddit. In response, NHL team Dallas Stars played an edited clip of the cartoon performance during their half-time show the next day.
- SpongeBob SquarePants/Sandy Cheeks ("Spandy")
- SpongeBob SquarePants/Patrick Star
- SpongeBob SquarePants/Squidward Tentacles
Links & Resources
- Wikipedia page
- Nick.com site
- Encyclopedia SpongeBobia, a fan wiki
- SpongeBob Fanon Wiki
- SpongeBuddy Mania, large fansite with forums
- /r/OutOfTheLoop. Why does Reddit love Spongebob so much?. 7 May 2015.
- /r/SubredditDrama. Sweet Victory isn't being played at Half-Time, r/NFL is going ballistic, mods are removing everypost that mentions SpongeBob. 3 February 2019.